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Police: Greensburg man strangled woman holding a 7-month-old child

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
Rasheed James Gordon
Rasheed James Gordon

A Greensburg man is headed back to the Westmoreland County Prison because he allegedly choked a woman while she was holding their 7-month-old child Wednesday, the same day he was released from jail on another charge.

Rasheed James Gordon, 26, was arrested after a short police chase Wednesday evening and arraigned Thursday morning on charges of strangulation, child endangerment and related offenses.

Police were called to a Hawthorne Avenue home at 8:30 p.m. for a report of a domestic assault. The woman told police that Gordon strangled her twice and hit her in the face while she was in a bedroom with the infant sleeping on her chest.

“While on the stairs and with the child in her hands, Gordon got behind her and put her in a choke hold,” police wrote in a complaint. “She then pretended to pass out so the child wasn't harmed.”

Officers caught up with Gordon at the intersection of College Avenue and West Otterman Street. He claimed to police that he didn't do anything, according to an affidavit. Police noted a swollen lip and bruises on the victim's neck in court papers.

Gordon was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison on $15,000 bond on charges of strangulation, simple assault, escape, resisting arrest, harassment and child endangerment. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

An Oct. 19 preliminary hearing is set.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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